Police Vehicle Bombed in Maryland Town Near Camp David
A marked police SUV was bombed while parked in front of an officer’s home after midnight Wednesday in the Maryland town of Thurmont. Thurmont is located in north-central Maryland near the presidential retreat Camp David.
Police said a pipe-bomb like device exploded on the hood and windshield of the police vehicle shortly after the officer parked it after returning home. The officer was not injured.
A metal pipe bomb-like device was set off and damaged a Thurmont police vehicle early Wednesday, according to the department.
Residents began calling 911 at about 12:30 a.m. near Clark Avenue after hearing what sounded like an explosion, according to a news release from the police department. A woman noticed that a Thurmont police vehicle parked nearby was damaged and alerted authorities, who found that an explosive device of some kind had been detonated, said Thurmont Police Chief Greg Eyler.
“One of my officers went to his residence and parked his cruiser on the street as he usually does at about midnight and then around 12:30, one of the neighbors heard a big explosion. … It looked like a metal pipe bomb was detonated on the hood and the windshield of the cruiser,” Eyler said.
No one was hurt by the explosion. Thurmont police were receiving assistance from the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office, the county sheriff’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Eyler said….”
WHAG-TV reported the force of the explosion could have killed the officer if he had been in the vehicle.
“…Officials say they believe this was a personal attack and if the office didn’t get out sooner they (sic) he may not be here.
“Right now it’s a preliminary investigation. We don’t have all the details that we need at this point in time to develop a suspect but we are working on it as we speak,” said Chief Elyer
Right now police say there haven’t been any threats made to the officers here so the incident was unexpected.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Thurmont Police Department at (301) 271-0905″
WJLA-TV reported the explosion sent shrapnel though the windshield.
A screen image from the WJLA report was posted to Twitter.
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